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Eastern European Genealogy

California Genealogical Society & Library

Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)

Eastern European Genealogy

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CGS Member Feb 11, 2017 Free $0.00
Non-member Feb 11, 2017 $30.00 $0.00
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Eastern European Genealogy

Eastern European genealogy presents unique challenges to the researcher because of shifting boundaries, multiple languages, multiple religions, politics and population movement. Ancestral towns frequently had multiple names simultaneously, and even locals had difficulty with consistent recordation of names and relationships. 

This class will highlight the best resources and strategies for those with ancestors primarily from regions that were formerly parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, corresponding to the modern nations of Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and portions of western Russia.


CGS board member Vicky Kolakowski began doing family history research in high school  but became serious about genealogy until after her election as a state court judge in 2010, when her mother expressed frustration that so many relatives were passing without leaving behind information about the previous generations, and particularly her immigrant ancestors.


Vicky spends almost all of her free time and vacations researching family history and visiting a variety of repositories and places where her ancestors lived and worked.  Because three quarters of her ancestry, and one eighth of her wife Cynthia's ancestry, are Eastern European, she has engaged in extensive study of Eastern European genealogical resources.




Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 

CGS members enjoy free admission.

Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.

Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.



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 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.

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California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Entrance on 22nd Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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California Genealogical Society & Library

Connecting people to their diverse family heritage

Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world. CGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The library is conveniently located in Uptown Oakland, one block north of the Paramount Theatre, at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2. We are three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station.

Phone: (510) 663-1358

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